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Comments on the Projected FY17 Improvements Draft

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  • Subject: Comments on the Projected FY17 Improvements Draft
  • From: "Amrita" <amritachoudhury8@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:06:37 +0530


Dear Madam/ Sir,


At the outset, I thank  the Development and Public Responsibility Department
(DPRD) of  ICANN for seeking comments from the community on the Projected
FY17 Improvements Draft of the ICANN fellowship Program's  Application


As an Alumni of the ICANN Fellowship Program, who has benefitted immensely
from this program, I am pleased to submit my comments on the same.


I support the  Projected FY17 Improvements Draft and welcome the suggested
revision to open the process for deserving candidates from all across the
globe following a merit based system, while emphasizing on diversity,
especially gender, region (underserved regions) and financial constraints.


Sharing below a few suggestions to make the process more transparent and


.         For removing any gaps in understanding amongst applicants, it
would be pertinent if the term "reasonable" of "applicants with reasonable
knowledge" is elaborated.


.         While support for deserving candidates from Civil Society,
Technical Community, Academia  and Government should be a priority, however,
since in most instances Business Community is well funded, the circumstances
under which the applicants from this community will be supported financially
should be outlined so that only genuine and deserving candidates get the


.         ICANN should also deliberate in formulating a plan to use the
experience of Alumni, especially those who have attended more than three
fellowships. ICANN may think of assigning them to Coach or Mentor new
Fellows not only during the meeting, but for sometime after that (the time
frame could be decided by ICANN). Such an initiative would help to build a
stronger ICANN Community.


.         Further, while reviewing the applications for  Fellowship, in
places where there are no ICANN officials,  the Fellowship committee may
also think of taking the feedback  from the local Alumni on the  candidates
engagement in national or local level initiatives.


Thanking you and looking forward for favorable consideration of suggestions
to make the Fellowship process more inclusive.






Amrita Choudhury







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